Looking to Improve Governance in your Academy? 5 Reasons Why You Should Attend the Academies Governance Conference

"I learnt more about the running of Academies in one day than in the previous three years"

Academies Governance & Leadership Conference delegate

We take a look at what's on offer at this year's virtual Academies Governance and Leadership Conference on 8th October and why now, more than ever, it's essential that you have strong leadership and governance in your single academy or multi-academy trust making this year's conference a must attend!


1. An opportunity to learn how to enhance your leadership practices ahead of a challenging academic year

As well as COVID-19 impacting educational delivery, SLTs, CEOs, governors and trustees are now also having to navigate the challenges of making up for lost time to ensure continued pupil progress, balance budgets, and provide additional support for disadvantaged pupils, who are some of the worst affected from school closures.

At this year's event, Baroness Elizabeth Berridge, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Education (DfE) will explore the impact of COVID-19 on single academies and MATs, Clare Collins MBE, National Governance Association (NGA) will discuss how the pandemic has impacted the expectations of academy governors, and Warwick Sharp, Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) will share how to strengthen governors' financial management and oversight after COVID-19.

2. Learn key insights into how best to grow your academy or MAT

"A good opportunity to gain insight into a range of ways of structuring and developing governance across a MAT... The variety provided an interesting mix of view points and awareness of the need to adapt structures and communication within a growing MAT"

- Academies Governance & Leadership Conference 2019 delegate

Designed for academies of all sizes, the Academies Governance and Leadership Conference 2020 will offer advice for both newly established academies and more mature MATs, provide a platform for you to learn from each other’s challenges and successes, and share how to promote diversity across governing boards and SLTs by adding more rigour to the recruitment process.

3. Engage with key sector experts and discuss the latest best practice and updated guidance

"Excellent speakers who were able to provide valuable insight and guidance" 

- Academies Governance & Leadership Conference 2019 delegate

Based on the outstanding feedback they received from last year's event, we are delighted to welcome back Clare Collins MBE, National Governance Association (NGA) and Leora Cruddas, The Confederation of School Trusts, who will offer practical insights into improving the quality of governance and accountability, as well as share insights into improving the resilience of academies during this challenging time.

Alongside Clare and Leora, this Conference will also offer key guidance and advice from organisations including the DfE, ESFA, NFER, Education and Employers, Governors for Schools, and many more!

4. Learn what's worked, and what hasn't, from different sized academies and MATs

"...It was particularly useful to have a balance between the principles of effective governance and practical examples from CEOs and chairs who had implemented these principles successfully"

- Academies Governance & Leadership Conference 2019 delegate, 

Alongside keynotes from leading sector representatives, this year's agenda also features a practical insight session, virtual peer discussion groups and three interactive panel discussions.

These interactive sessions will provide you with easy-to-follow leadership strategies, offer advice for the next steps in governance by reviewing lessons learned and give you the opportunity to really consider how improvements might be made within your own academy setting.

5. Network with your peers and overcome common challenges together

"An excellent opportunity to network with colleagues from across the country and listen to quality speakers around pertinent topics" - Academies Governance & Leadership Conference 2016 delegate

For the first time ever, this year's event will be hosted online via Swapcard, a dedicated virtual events platform that will ensure all the interactive features and networking opportunities of our in-person events remain, and in many cases are enhanced.

Connect with your peers ahead of the event, arrange 1-to-1 meetings, and continue the conversation for up to 30 days after the Conference.

You can find out more about what to expect from an online Inside Government event, along with the benefits, here.


This article was written by Liberty Smith, IG Schools Marketing Executive

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